Garrison Keillor will perform solo show at the VRCFA on Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30 pm.
There is a place in this world where the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and the children are above average. While Lake Woebegone exists mostly in the mind of Garrison Keillor, 17 million people visit there every week. Keillor brings the wit and wisdom which created this extraordinary, (though fictitious), town to the Vern Riffe Center for the performing arts in a solo show on Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30 pm.
So that there is no confusion, Keillor is appearing and this is not a production of Keillor's famous radio show, A Prairie Home Companion (PHC). Still, it is Keillor's ability as one of America's consummate storytellers and humorists which has made PHC so famous.
When PHC first broadcast 40 years ago in 1974, it was before a live audience of 12 people. Now its weekly audience is 17 million listeners on more than 900 radio stations and the live show requires theaters that seat no less than 3000 people. Not to mention that the radio show was adapted into the 2006 movie, A Prairie Home Companion, featuring Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Lindsay Lohan, Woody Harrelson, John C. Reilly, Tommy Lee Jones and Keillor playing himself.
It is amazing that dry, Midwestern wit could be so popular and endure so long. When he relates stories like that of his Aunt Flo who would tell them the gossip that wasn't reported in the local paper, there is something that resonates in one's own experience that causes a chuckle.
"We were good Christian people and we believed in forgiveness but meanwhile we liked to know exactly what it was we were forgiving them for."
Keillor is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose and also produces a short daily radio piece, The Writer's Almanac which highlights the birthdays and milestones of authors past and present around the world. The work of his career has been recognized with a Grammy, two Cable Ace awards, a Peabody Award and National Humanities Medal.
Tickets for lower tier seating are $50 regular, $45 senior, $35 students, $20 children under 12. Upper tier prices discounted. Special discounts for families and groups.
Tickets and information are available 10-5 pm at the McKinley Box Office, 740.351.3600. Online through Ticketmaster at http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/41868, or any TicketMaster outlet.